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Guest TrishE

Congrats on your first 5k registration and for all your progress! 

My advice would be keep running but keep it to three days a week. Dont over do it. I know your excited but you dont want to wear out your body so you poop out before you even start. 

Good luck and have fun with it because thats what its all about...You :) 

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As someone who's done several 5ks (walking most of them, and doing whatever week/day of the app I was on the day of the 5k), here's my advice.


Between now and your 5k, keep doing the app 3 days a week.  If you want, do another week of something else (weights, swimming, bicycling, but no running).  Resist the urge to run every day because then you'll put yourself at a higher risk for injury (or burnout) and you won't be able to do the 5k.


The week of the 5k, do your normal C25k routine.  Do not do anything the day before the 5k.  Let that be a rest day.  Eat normally the day before, and try to get a good night sleep.  Have a light breakfast.  Trust me, you don't want to go to iHop and have eggs and bacon before the 5k. ;p


The day of the race, relax and just take in the accomplishment - that you're DOING a 5k.  Don't worry too much about the time, and think of it as just another training run.  The presence of other people will get you super motivated and I think you'll find you're going to do better than you think.  If you are a slow runner/jogger, start toward the back of the pack, and stay toward the side of the route to let the faster runners go by you.  


Enjoy the scenery of the race, the feeling of being part of something wonderful for you and your health.  Let us know how it goes!

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